Education Minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday announced that all the educational institutions of the country will remain shut until April 9, 2020, aiming to prevent spread of deadly coronavirus.
“The closure of educational institutions had been extended until April 9 considering the situation,” she said while taking to reporters after a meeting at the secretariat.
The decision was taken at a meeting with the representatives of Primary and Mass Education Ministry and other concerned, she said.
The coaching centers will also remain closed during, she added.
Dipu Moni also urged the students to stay at their respective homes and follow the health directives of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Besides, academic programmes for students of class VI to class X will be aired through Sangshad TV channel from March 28 from 9 am to 9 pm, she said.
Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, secretary to the secondary and higher education division Mahbub Hossain,and high officials concerned were preset there.
On March 16, she announced that all the educational institutions of the country will remain shut until March 31.
The global death toll from coronavirus or Covid-19 reached 16,510 on Tuesday -- a mortality rate of 14 percent.
The virus has so far infected 378,842 people around the world, according to worldometer.
Of them, 260,268 are currently being treated with 12,062 in serious or critical condition.
So far, 118,574 cases had outcomes and of them, 102,064 (86 percent) recovered.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh so far confirmed three coronavirus death and 27 cases.
Bangladesh government on Monday declared general holidays from March 26 to April 4, aiming to prevent its transmission.
Besides, armed forces members will remain in the field in the divisional and district towns including coastal areas across the country from Tuesday to aid the civil administration maintain social distancing and strengthen the coronavirus preventive measures.
COVID-19 is affecting 195 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan).
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic.
President Abdul Hamid on Thursday stressed the need for conducting quality research in all universities.
He came up with the observation when new Vice Chancellor (VC) of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) Major General Ataul Hakim Sarwar Hasan paid a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban in the afternoon.
President press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting.
“Research is very important to ensure quality education,” the President said.
The VC apprised the President of the overall academic and different development activities of the university.
He sought cooperation from the President in running the academic and administrative affairs of the university.
President Hamid gave him a patient hearing and expressed his satisfaction at the overall activities of BUP.
Secretaries concerned to the President were also present.
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have asked residential students to leave their dormitories by 6pm on Friday as coronavirus scare has gripped the country.
The decision came from an emergency syndicate meeting held on Thursday at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate building with Vice-Chancellor Prof M Akhtaruzzman in the chair.
The university authorities also extended the period of suspension of classes and exams from March 28 to 31.
A five-member ‘corona response committee’, led by Dr Shahriar Nabi, Dean of Medicine faculty of DU and Associate Professor of Radiology and Imaging department of Dhaka Medical College, has been formed.
The committee will coordinate the information inside the campus if corona outbreaks inside it.
The syndicate also asked the DU officials to limit their works and permitted them to perform their duties from home.
The DU dormitories were last vacated after a clash between students and Army members during the army-backed caretaker government on August 21, 2007.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has confirmed the detection of 17 coronavirus patients and one death.
The authorities of Islamic University opened two mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahma at the campus in Kushtia on Tuesday.
IU vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari inaugurated the murals installed in front of Jatirpita Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall of the university around 11:00am marking Bangabandhu’s birth centenary.
IU pro-vice-chancellor Professor M Shahinoor Rahman, treasurer Professor M Selim Toha, acting registrar SM Abdul Latif, syndicate member Professor M Mahbubar Rahman, IIER director Professor M Maher Ali and international students’ affairs cell director Professor M Shahadat Hossain Azad were present as the special guests.
Around three hundred teachers and students of the different departments took part in the programme.
The mural was installed in front of the hall to spread the ideology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman among the new generation, Bangabandhu hall provost said.
Earlier, the university authorities brought out a colourful procession in front of the university’s administrative building around 9:30am to celebrate Bangabandhu’s birth centenary. The procession ended in front of Mrittunjoyee Mujib mural after parading main roads of the campus.
National Defence College at Mirpur Cantonment here organised a Panel Discussion on “Life of Bangabandhu” on Monday to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman.
Mafidul Hoque, Board of Trustee, Liberation War Museum, moderated the session.
Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, former Director General of Bangla Academy, Muhammad Zamir, former Ambassador and Dr. Atiur Rahman, former Governor of Bangladesh Bank presented keynote papers on “Bangabandhu as Politician”, “Bangabandhu as Statesman” and “Bangabandhu as Leader” respectively, says Inter-Services Public Relations in a press release.
The discourse highlighted different aspects of the life of Bangabandhu such as his political career, statesmanship and his visionary leadership which drew attention of the audience and inspired the future leaders.
Commandant of NDC, Lieutenant General Sheikh Mamun Khaled, faculty members and course members of National Defence Course 2020 were present at the session.